CNN is reporting that the White House is preparing a draft announcement for President Trump to declare a national emergency along the border between the U.S. and Mexico.
“Now, therefore, I, Donald J. Trump, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C 1601, et seq.), hereby declare that a national emergency exists at the southern border of the United States,” the draft says according to a US government official that told CNN.
Per CNN: “According to options being considered, the administration could pull: $681 million from treasury forfeiture funds, $3.6 billion in military construction, $3 billion in Pentagon civil works funds, and $200 million in Department of Homeland Security funds, the official said. The Defense Department referred a request for comment from CNN to the White House, which has not responded. If the declaration is made, the US Army Corps of Engineers would be deployed to construct the wall, some of which could be built on private property and would, therefore, require the administration to seize the land, which is permitted if it’s for public use.”
It’s now day 34 of the Government shutdown and there seems to be no compromise between Trump and Democrats. The president has threatened to use emergency powers if he doesn’t receive the $5.7 billion in funding for his wall.
Both Republican and Democrat bills to re-open the Government failed in the Senate on Thursday. The Democratic plan got more votes than the Trump plan which included wall funding.
President Trump now says he’s open to temporarily fund the Government for three weeks only if he receives a down payment for the border wall, but Democrats are currenctly rejecting that deal.
Polls currently show President Trump is mostly receiving the blame for the Government shutdown.